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iOS App Development: Core ML

Lynda.com - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:00
With iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple introduced the Core ML framework. This put the integration of machine learning within the grasp of Apple developers, and ushered in a host of new opportunities for developers to come up with the next big thing or enhance the quality of their mobile and desktop applications. This course provides an introduction to the Core ML framework, and the advantages of using machine learning models, computer vision, and natural language processing in modern apps. Learn about different features and use cases for the Core ML and Vision frameworks, as well as the natural language processing classes. Plus, the course walks through the development of sample apps that leverage different machine learning features. (Author: Brian Advent)

SOLIDWORKS: Simulation for Finite Element Analysis

Lynda.com - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:00
SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers tools that can help you test your designs and determine how to best enhance the quality of your products. In order to perform effective stress analysis, designers need to know not only the SOLIDWORKS Simulation user interface, but also the methodology and application of finite element analysis (FEA) in general. This course introduces how to set up a model for FEA analysis, run the analysis, and interpret the results to optimize your SOLIDWORKS models. Upon completing this course, you'll have the knowledge you need to carry out FEA with confidence. (Author: Tony Abbey)

Writing Formal Business Letters and Emails

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Learn how to write formal business letters and emails that are short, clear, and to the point. This course teaches you how to get results and build better relationships with clients, colleagues, and customers. Writer and journalist Tom Geller helps you clarify your goals, research your topic and intended audience, and structure your correspondence. Plus, get tips about writing for accessibility—making your writing comprehensible, concise, and appropriate for all readers—and following up on communication.

Sales: Closing a Complex Sale

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Complex sales have multiple influencers and stakeholders, and sometimes face multiple competitors. There are a lot of factors for the buyer to juggle. This complexity can lead to lost revenue, longer sales cycles, and unpredictable outcomes. By understanding the buyer's problem and simplifying the value of your solution, you will be better positioned to close the deal. Watch this course with sales coach Jeff Bloomfield to find out how to systematically navigate the process of a complex sale, and receive the tactics and tools to increase your likelihood of sales success. Learn how to understand your buyers by examining their journey in a new way, and discover how to clearly articulate and defend the unique value of your product.

Construction Industry Weekly

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
The construction industry—often ranked as one of the largest industries in the world—employs millions of people, from skilled craft workers to project managers. The industry has evolved to incorporate fascinating ideas, concepts, technologies, and procedures to build virtually every fixed structure and facility on the planet, from buildings and bridges to roads and dams. This weekly series explores the trends, techniques, and technology being embraced by the construction industry to improve safety, quality, and productivity at the job site. Instructor Jim Rogers provides insights on the industry that employs so many people around the globe.

Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Become an AutoCAD certified professional. This training course helps you study for the Autodesk certification exam while you reinforce your CAD skills. Shaun Bryant helps you understand the two pathways available: Autodesk Certified User—for new designers who want to demonstrate basic proficiency—and Autodesk Certified Professional—for those who possess more advanced skills and can solve complex workflow and design challenges. He then walks through basic drawing skills, object manipulation techniques, and organization skills necessary to pass both certification exams. Plus, learn how to reuse content to be more efficient, annotate drawings, and set your AutoCAD designs up for printing.

Note: The exam objectives are not release specific, but the course has been revised to reflect the most recent version of the software, AutoCAD 2018.

Learning Puppet

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Puppet is a powerful set of tools for automatically managing your infrastructure so that it is always in the desired state. With this tool, the job of server administration becomes easier and faster—and your systems become more reliable. In this course, instructor Josh Samuelson begins by teaching the latest best practices for using Puppet in a real-world environment, and gets you started quickly by using existing Puppet modules written and supported by the community. As you progress through the course, you can learn the details of how Puppet works and find out how to write your own Puppet code, including a simple module that can be shared with other IT pros on the Puppet Forge.

Fusion 360: Designing for Metal

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
If you're designing metal components using subtractive technologies, you'll need to do things differently than you would for other materials and processes, such as injection molding or additive manufacturing. This course shows how to use Fusion 360—the affordable cloud-powered CAM tool—to build effective designs specifically for subtractive manufacturing (such as CNC milling) in metal. Thom Tremblay shows how to build solid designs, simulate how the model will hold up to the stress of production and use, render the design for presentation, and finalize it for manufacturing.

Word Tips Weekly

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Become a Microsoft Word power user in just a few minutes a week. This tips-based series helps you deepen your proficiency with Word, covering a variety of tools and techniques you can use. Learn how to work with templates, format documents, customize built-in styles and themes, master Track Changes, and more. Check back each week for a new pro tip from expert David Rivers.

Strategic Thinking

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Strategic thinking is the ability to think on a big and small scale, long and short term, and into the past and the present. While strategic thinking is a valuable skill for everyone in an organization, it becomes increasingly essential as you ascend the ladder. In fact, you may have a difficult time being promoted or succeeding as a leader without it. Yet, no one formally teaches strategic thinking—so it's critical to take the initiative and learn how to do it yourself. This course teaches managers and leaders how to use strategic thinking to guide the direction of their teams and come up with solutions to key business problems. Career and personal branding expert Dorie Clark shows you how to carve out time to think about strategy, gather data, learn from the past, create a vision for the future, and implement strategic thinking within your team.

Learning Construction Estimating

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
Detailed, accurate estimates are a critical part of construction, and professional estimators are in demand. Without estimates, construction managers can't build budgets, get approvals, and hire workers. If you're interested in construction estimating to create bids for your business, or as a full-time career, this course provides an overview of the basics. Learn the terminology and the components of a typical estimate. See examples of solid contract drawings, and what the tools of the trade look like—including the analog scale, ruler, and counter—as well as what to look for in software packages that are tailored to these tasks. Instructor and professional estimator Christopher Randall provides the training you need to make the jump into this popular profession.

Learning SharePoint Online

Lynda.com - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 19:00
SharePoint Online—the powerful collaboration platform from Microsoft—can help you and your team more easily collaborate on documents, create applications, and share common resources. In this course, get the skills you need to work effectively with SharePoint Online for business collaboration and real-time documentation sharing. Gini von Courter demonstrates how to create, edit, coauthor, and save documents; share team sites; and work with library and list apps. Gini also demonstrates how to take SharePoint on the go with the SharePoint mobile apps.

After Effects Guru: Time-Lapse 3D Motion and Compositing

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
Having a solid understanding of how compositing works—and what can be achieved in After Effects—can alter your overall approach to shooting time lapses. In this course, Keith Kiska demonstrates how to effectively apply 3D motion and compositing effects in After Effects to create superior time-lapse shots. Keith explains how to add dynamic movement to static shots, and goes over how to add or remove elements from your shots. He also shares helpful methods for compositing layered shots by adding skies, composing stylized text into your time-lapse shots, and creating HyperZoom time lapses.

Android Development Essential Training: Design a User Interface

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
Create a user interface (UI) for a mobile app built with the Android SDK. David Gassner shows you how, in this course. David starts by exploring layout options, including views, components, measurement units, and loading layouts at runtime. Then he moves on to using ViewGroup components, showing you how to align interface elements with the new ConstraintLayout, and how to use the LinearLayout and RelativeLayout components. Next, he covers text, demonstrating how to display strings and collect information from the user with input fields. Finally, he shows how to create themes, use styles, and display images.

Meshmixer: Additive Manufacturing Job Preparation

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
Autodesk Meshmixer is a state-of-the-art program for creating and editing 3D models. In this course, Ryan Kittleson showcases the software's powerful features for additive manufacturing preparation. Ryan takes you through the steps you need to know to prepare your models to be fabricated on a 3D printer using Meshmixer. He covers a variety of topics, including how to ensure that your model has the right scale, split a model into smaller pieces, increase thickness for printability, create support structures, and export a printable file.

This course was created by Ryan Kittleson. We're honored to host this training in our library.

WordPress: Contact Forms

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
As a maker of WordPress-powered websites, you've likely needed to create and add many contact forms. In this course, take a closer look at the task of creating contact forms for your WordPress site. Using four different plugins—Jetpack, Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms, and Gravity Forms—instructor Patrick Rauland walks through the process of setting up and configuring each plugin, working with the advanced features in each option, and receiving form submissions. Contact forms are a must-have for any WordPress-powered website, and these plugins—which range from simple and free to complex and pricey—can do a lot more than just ask for names, addresses, and messages. Unleash the power of contact forms, and find the plugin that's right for you.

Microsoft Azure: Design Advanced Applications

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
Gain the intermediate-level skills you need to design advanced applications in Azure. In this course, Sharon Bennett examines various Azure advanced application solutions. She provides coverage of compute-intensive apps, long-running apps, messaging apps, and hybrid apps. As this is an intermediate-level course, an existing understanding of the Azure platform is required. This course can also serve to deepen the skills of IT professionals wishing to prepare for the 70-534 exam: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.

Location Photography: From Research to Post-Production

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
When you're on location, getting the right shot can require imagination, resourcefulness, and even a bit of improvisation. In this course, follow along with photographer Joe McNally as he goes on location to photograph a belly dancer. Throughout the course, Joe highlights his entire workflow—from researching the subject and gathering the right gear for the shoot, to setting up the shot and dealing with on-set challenges, all the way to post-production. He discusses several techniques for working with a dancer, as well as techniques for transforming a location so that it best complements your subject.

Audio Design for Interactive Projects

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
Sound is a subtle—but critical—aspect of any physical or web-based product. Even if a sound lasts less than a second, it affects how users feel about a product. If the sounds users hear as they navigate a program or unlock a reward in a game are pleasant, they are likely to feel more favorable about the product as a whole. In this course, instructor Nate Mars shares practical approaches to creating user interface sounds for web and physical products—from creative brief to execution. Nate explores working with professional audio tools and digital audio workstations like Ableton Live and Pro Tools; takes you through the end-to-end sound design process; explains how to interpret a creative brief; discusses audio cues that can inform users and create a better sonic experience; and more.

React Native Essential Training

Lynda.com - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:00
React Native allows you to build native mobile apps using JavaScript and React. In this project-based course, learn how to use React Native to build production-ready, native mobile apps on both iOS and Android. To help acquaint you with the fundamentals of React Native, instructor Samer Buna takes a hands-on approach, showing how to build applications from scratch. He first walks through how to build a simple math game, and then demonstrates how to build a data-driven app. Along the way, he shows how to debug and solve common problems, and shares practical knowledge about testing and packaging your apps.

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